Wear the tartan colours of the legendary highland soldiers in the British Army's Black Watch!
The legendary "Black Watch" were formed to as separate company sized infantry companies patrol the Scottish highlands in the 18th century in the aftermath of the first Jacobite rebellions. Though thename of the regiment are murky, they quickly became the shock troops of the British Empire by the time of the Childers Reforms in 1881, having served on the front lines of the Seven Years War and Napoleonic Wars, in additional to several colonial conflicts. The wide reaching Childers Reforms amalgamated the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot (the originator of the nickname "The Black Watch") and the 73rd (Perthshire) Regiment of Foot to form the unit simply known as "The Black Watch".
The Black Watch, with the former Royal Highlanders and Perthshire Regiments forming the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the new regiment would serve with extreme distinction during various colonial conflicts in the Victoria era during campaigns in Egypt and South Africa. At the outbreak of the Great War, Canada formed their own "13th" and "42nd" Battalions, numbered and named off the already legendary British regiment. Swelling to numerous additional battalions in both British and Canadian service, they suffered atrocious casualties as the kilt wearing shock troops of the Western Front. Their ferocious appearance and aggressively fighting style earned them and other kilted regiments the nickname, "The Ladies from Hell" from their German foes.
Though they turned in their beloved kilts just prior to the combat operations of the Second World Wars, the regiments that bore the name "Black Watch" fought just as valiantly. Fighting through the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, they carved they way through Axis forces with the same zeal. After the Second World War, the Black Watch continued to serve through Korean War where Bill Speakman VC famously threw beer bottles at attacking communist troops in the truest Black Watch style.
The legendary "Black Watch" still exists today as the 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland in the British Army, and the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada of the Canadian Army Primary Reserve, with continued operational history in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Standard 8 yard acrylic wool kilt, with main strap closure on the left hip and dual strap closures on the right hip. Kilts adjust approximately 3-4" smaller at the navel from the listed sizes, depending where the straps are secured - if in doubt, go a size up!
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